Thursday, July 31, 2014

HOW TO GET FREE EBOOKS

 
 
Each day from BookBub, I receive offers of Free E-books or books for 99 cents or a bit more. 

Since I am frugal, I opt for the free books and have not been disappointed for the most part. 
 
A recent book that really inspired me was “The Risk Factor by Kevin and Chad Dedmon.
 
I have other Inspirational books as well as Christian romance and Christian Detective Mysteries. 
 
BookBub allows you to select the type of books you enjoy.
 
BookBub.com is a free membership that can be joined with your e-mail address at:
 
I don’t have a Kindle, but Amazon has a free application for your computer where you can store your books and access them at will.  I am satisfied with mine on my PC.
 
Amazon’s  Kindle Free App for your PC, also offers a Free Kindle App  for your smart phone
 
Then there is SMASHWORDS: E-Books to order and Read or  they help you publish your own book for free.  If you need extra help there is a charge.
 
Many free e-books are available at SMASHWORDS as it is a place for independent authors,  Here you can discover how to post your e-book on their site for FREE.  There is even a free manual how to format and get your book ready to submit.
 
My husband Robert on MoonsView has several of his books on Smashwords, most of his books are offered free and his others are available for a few cents.
 
One of Robert’s free books is “The Old Man and the Widow.”  A bankrupt older gentlemen, due to an uncaring wife, becomes despondent and almost homeless, but follow him as he is able to survive and become a success with a new love.
 
Book Tango is another place to publish your e-book free. 
 
Robert’s E-book at Book Tango “Billy Hill” is on Amazon
Hazel’s E-book at Book Tango “Rescue the Stories Book One” is also on Amazon
 
To secure a custom made book cover for your E-book, I use Fiverr.com where an artist you select will design a lovely cover for you from $5 to $20 depending on the photo quality.  Fiverr will also create a cover for your hard back (or paper back) book for the same small fee.
 
So there you have some options we have used and are enjoying.
 
Happy reading and also if you are in the mood - - Happy Publishing to you!
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Should I take that Aspirin?


Is it lack of Faith to Take this Aspirin?


This happened many years ago, and all morning I had been throwing up because  the flu had hit me hard, my head hurt and I ached all over. 

As I lay in my bed contemplating if I should take an aspirin, the telephone rang.

Reaching over to the bed table I retrieved the phone and a voice of  one of the boys from church said, “How are you doen?”

My reply was, “Not so good, this flu is beating me up.”

His sweet voice, said, “Well just resist it in Jesus Name.”

My answer was, “I am resisting it, but I am resting in bed while I resist.”

Then I got up, took an aspirin, some vitamins and prayed that it would help bring relief.

I do believe in resisting evil, and also praying, but usually resisting must be done before the thing jumps on you and gets a hold. 

There are times when you simply take the medicine and pray that it will help.

We don’t drink wine here at our house, but Paul once said, “Take a little wine for your stomach.”  The wine was used like a medicine.

A merry heart is like medicine and also God’s medicine is his Word.  It is bread and living water to our soul.

We can fill our mind and our mouth with his spoken word and we will not need to lie in that bed as long as some do.

When Jesus came into a sick room, he took the person by the hand and they arose and got something to eat.

May we feast on the Word of God and take up our bed and walk.

 

 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

More Seeds and Weeds


Mustard seed grows to become a tree for shelter
 

Pastor Jerry continued his message of Jesus and his parables regarding "The Kingdom of God."  He was reading from Matthew 13:31-33, 42-52.
 
31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, 32 which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

The farmers understood about land and seeds and also weeds. 

The first story was the tiny Mustard seed that grows and becomes like a tree sheltering those to come to find rest.

Perhaps it is like unto a small church that reaches out and takes in the lost where they can discover “hope, love and peace.”

Today’s church bulletin had an interesting quote: “We can become so comfortable with our inner landscape that we consistently uproot the “new life” God is trying to nurture in us.  Growing into God means learning new discernment and some times being slower to weed our spiritual gardens.”

This is a strange and alien world we live in.  We ask “what is this world coming to?” as we scan the news and view the media.  There is much suffering and heart ache.

All events in history are defined as either BC (before Christ) or AD (After his death and resurrection)  In AD God came into the world as flesh in His Son Jesus.  Jesus ushered in a new age and the future begins NOW because He has promised us eternal life and He is preparing many “rooms” for us in heaven.

Jesus continued his stories with leaven, a lost gold coin, a treasure in a field, a pearl of great price and a drag net of fishes, all likened to the Kingdom of God. 

Then He asked his disciples if they understood and they replied, “YES.”

Jesus encouraged his disciples to seek and find and to search the scriptures for in them you find life. 

For the most part they realized there was a deeper meaning to these parables and knew that even in small things, God will bless and cause growth to come.

Jesus said, The Kingdom of God is within you !!

May we realize that God is not discouraged with the size of the seed, but He does expect it to grow.

Pastor asked, “Do you get it?’  May we answer “YES, we understand.” 
 
 
 
 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Broken Bones


A couple of days ago, our Boy Scout Grandson Max and his troop went on an excursion that turned out to be an unexpected digression from the anticipated good time.

A terrible accident occurred and Max broke his femur bone in his leg.  They rushed him to Children’s Hospital where x-rays were taken and surgery was scheduled. 

The Doctor was optimistic and said the surgery to place a pin to hold the bone in place, should take about an hour. 

Three hours later the anxious parents were informed that all went well and Max would soon be an expert with new crutches.   Max asked for something to eat which was a good sign and his parents were relieved.
~ ~ ~
 
Many years ago, our foster daughter’s brother, did not fare so well with a similar break.  When his broken leg healed, he was left with one leg shorter than the other. 

Let me tell you what God did for Richard.  When we lived in Oakland, there were times when “Healing Evangelists” would come to hold meetings. 

Oral Roberts, Kathryn Kuhlman, Benny Hinn to name a few, but I believe this was a “Morris Cerullo” meeting and miracles were happening without the evangelist even touching the people. 

There was a pray line and Richard requested a prayer card and found a place in line.  Upon receiving prayer, Richard felt a warm feeling going through his leg and the next day he visited his doctor where x-rays were taken.

The doctor could not explain why there was new bone filling in a two inch space and Richard’s legs were now both the same length.

I believe we are going to see more real miracles – some big and some small. 

Not necessarily from large meetings with big name evangelists but by God using people from the pews.

Yes, Christian laymen who are willing to believe not just for broken bones, but for God to mend broken lives as well.

 



Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hearing God Speak


Praying for a Girl - with Jesus Close By

Hearing God Speak

 I tilted my head so that I could hear,
But the voice came from deep inside me!
 
“I have sent you to teach
So others may reach,
Those suffering in pain
That they might gain - -
Hope, peace and rest in body and soul,
For my goal is that many be made whole.


Be ready to speak my words for I shall reveal
‘HOW’ - - so they too will move with me,
A small army sent forth with my sword and shield,
Anointed by power and sent by my will.


Out to the streets, not performed in a temple,
But reaching their world as they follow by example.
Seek and find those in need,
and results will happen indeed!


Let them come to you my army, as they come to me,
and you will see
God’s power materialize
before your very eyes.

 
Be not afraid, but boldly speak out in faith,

Say, “Are you hurting today?”
“Let me pray for you and pain will be taken away.
Are you troubled and concerned?
God will bring you hope and peace by his Son.


Often you will immediately know results,
But other times the outcome may occur slowly
Be amazed at the domino effect,
For even the lowly
Will do exploits in my name.”

 

Heavenly Father, I ask that your healing power will flow to this person, and all pain will be removed.
Also I ask for their troubled spirit to be calmed and that the peace of God shall reign in their soul.  I ask this in Jesus Name.  Amen

 

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. John 16:13


This post is shared at Charlotte’s Spiritual Sundays

 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Laughter is Good for your Health

Healthy Laughter is Good for You !!
 
When my children were small, they often watched cartoons, but one day they were watching The Three Stooges on TV and my sister-in-law was visiting.  She said, she did not allow her children to watch that show because “The show teaches children to hit each other and think it is funny.”
 
As I thought about it, I realized she was right, so that program became off limits. 
 
The cartoons of goofy Duck being hurt was not the same as real people in pain. 
 
I do not like the videos of people banging themselves up while others laugh.  As long as it isn’t us getting hurt – many think it is funny, but seriously it is NOT funny.
 
What does make us laugh?  Robert and I enjoy a good clean joke, and many movies and TV shows are truly funny.  We also laugh out loud at some of the cartoons in the newspaper.  Mr. Pickles is our favorite.
 
Actually a good belly laugh is good for your health and there is much good humor available.
 
The Bible instructs us to have a cheerful and happy heart and to rejoice.
 
Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good like a medicine: but a broken spirit dries up the bones.
 
The Benefits of Laughter (taken from HelpGuide.Org)
Physical Health Benefits:
  • Boosts immunity
  • Lowers stress hormones
  • Decreases pain
  • Relaxes your muscles
  • Prevents heart disease
   Mental Health Benefits:
  • Adds joy and zest to life
  • Eases anxiety and fear
  • Relieves stress
  • Improves mood
  • Enhances resilience
     Social Benefits:
  • Strengthens relationships
  • Attracts others to us
  • Enhances teamwork
  • Helps defuse conflict
  • Promotes group bonding
 
Did you know that even God laughs? 
 
The Bible says, when people plot against God and his plans, he just doubles up with laughter and boos in derision at them.
 
Psalms 2:4  He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them.
 
Psalms 37:13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.
 
This one made me laugh and then I praised God for I believe it is true!  God is protecting Israel and He is probably chuckling too!
 
Overheard - -Gaza Hamas were Complaining, 'Their God Changes The Paths Of Our Rockets In Mid-Air'.
 
 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Divine Agriculture


Each Sunday, I usually post a digested sermon by our Pastor Jerry.  Today my post will be brief due to unfortunate circumstances.

On Saturday there was a wedding at our church and the sound system was changed for the wedding, but was not put back as it should have been.  When our Sunday service began there was harsh feedback and regrettably I was not able to hear most of the sermon.  Fortunately I had the bulletin.

When it was time for the Joys, I had been impressed to share my story about the California Water situation and how we should speak to the rocks to bring forth water as Moses was told to do.

As the service progressed, one of our ladies was asked to read a Scripture from the Psalms, and I was amazed because this particular selection was a confirmation to my sharing.

Psalm 65:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
You visit the earth and water it,
You greatly enrich it;

The river of God is full of water;
You provide their grain,
For so You have prepared it.
You water its ridges abundantly,
You settle its furrows;
You make it soft with showers,
You bless its growth.


The bulletin contained the Sermon Title and the scripture and thus I present the digested subject from Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43.  DIVINE AGRICULTURE

Jesus came preaching the Kingdom of God and he often spoke in parables.  On one occasion, He spoke about a man who went forth to sow good seed, but soon weeds sprang up.   

The servants asked if they should pull up the weeds. 


The tares will be gathered and burnt
 
The man said, no an enemy has sowed the weeds; just allow them to grow together until the harvest and then the weeds shall be set aside and burnt and the good grain will be placed in my barn.
His disciples asked Jesus to explain the story and briefly this is what He said.

1.The sower is the Son of Man (Jesus.)
2. The field is the world.
3. The good seeds are the sons of the kingdom.
4. The weeds are the sons of the wicked one.
5. The enemy is the devil.
6. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.


Pastor encouraged us to understand that good and evil happens to us all.

Tragedy, sickness, and death touch many of our lives, but we have a choice to decide the way we will turn.  We are free to make good decisions and we are also free to choose the wrong path.
We are free to serve and trust God through it all.  Our hope is in Christ Jesus.






 

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Headlines Read – Wells Drying Up


Water from a Rock

Our Lake Oroville, the main water source for Southern California is very low.  A sobering thought is that there was not sufficient rain and a good snow pack to fill it.

A couple months ago, I suggested NOT to pray for rain, but to speak to the rain clouds to come and bring rain.  Yes God did send some rain, but not enough.  Then we all relaxed.  Many are thinking "maybe next year will be a better season."

The alarm and cries of the media and newspapers are; “We are in a draught – the crops will fail, we need water for our animals and for the people.
I am reminded when Jesus told his disciples to SAY (not pray) - Mark 11:23

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Consider another scripture story about Moses - - - God gave him specific instructions to SPEAK and sadly he did not obey and SAY as he was told.

Numbers 20:7, 8  Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together.  Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.”

Just for a moment let us expand our thinking and our believing and understand that God does cause water to flow out of rocks.  This is evidenced by tiny springs that bubble up from rocks and turn into creeks and by huge water falls that cascade into rivers.  It is a fact that water does come from rocks.

May I suggest not to pray for rain, but to SAY to the ROCKS in our mountains to crack open and pour out water to fill our lake.

What I am asking is for you to open your mouth and with your voice to speak to the mountain rocks to rip open and to flow forth water.

To some this may seem silly or foolish, but I am reminded that Jesus did many things that seemed irrational, and he was called all sorts of crazy names. 

If you are embarrassed to SAY in public, just SAY with me now, and continue to SAY:  “Rocks split open and gush out water into our Lake.” 

Not prayen but just SAYEN !! 

"If two or three agree as touching anything on earth, it shall be done."



 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New Tricks for Old Dogs


Old Hound Dog Still Running
 
Apple Cider Vinegar has been publicized for many purposes including marinating meat over night before cooking it, to unclogging drains, killing weeds and even beauty aids such as a hair rinse. 
 
A popular use is to drink a tablespoon full in a glass of water daily to help with joint pain.  My brother and also brother in law both claim this helps their arthritis pain and is a simple and inexpensive aid for their health.
 


I have been giving my dog Bragg ACV with the Mother.

From reading the labels I discovered that the Heinz quart size is the real apple cider vinegar and is the most reasonable in price.  Heinz also puts out a larger bottle, but it is flavored and not the real apple cider vinegar.

I said all that to say this:  Our old hound dog has been limping and for months we have been giving him a baby aspirin morning and night.  It did seem to help, but I wanted to try something else.

 He gets 1/2 can of dog food and a cup of dry crunch morning and night, so I began to add a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar to the wet food and mixing it in well. 

After a few days, I am amazed that he eats his food with no objections and is walking better than ever.


In addition I ordered some Joint soft chews from Entirely Pets  
“Joint MAX: Chewable Tablets pet joint supplement, containing Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, EPA, DHA, Creatine, Zinc, Manganese, Vitamin C and N-acetyl-cysteine in one tasty, chewable tablet.”


Also I ordered some capsules of Bromelain from Swanson Vitamin Company and I break open a capsule and give him 1/2 twice a day stirred in the wet food.  Bromelain is from pineapple and helps with pain and also digestion.


I believe that the most help is coming from the Natural Apple Cider Vinegar, and if your dog is limping from time to time, Vinegar might be something you would want to add to his food. 


 

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tending the Seed


A Sower Went Forth Sowing Good Seed - - but - -


Pastor Jerry was reading from two portions of scripture.  Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23  was The Parable of the Sower and the types of ground that received the seed.

Isaiah 55:10-12 New King James Version (NKJV) God’s Word is the Seed.
10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower, And bread to the eater,  11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. 12 “For you shall go out with joy,  And be led out with peace; The mountains and the hills, Shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Does the Word of God make a difference in your life? 

Let us consider a few definitions of the Word of God”

1 A decree from God – His breath or a whisper.
2. An address to humans, a voice from heaven
3. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh.
4.  The written word was first given to Moses written with the finger of God.  Then Holy men of God wrote as they were given the words to write.

Does reading or hearing God’s word stir your spirit?
Have you ever heard from God and doubted?  Were you receptive? 

When the Word of God does not inspire or stir you that is sad. 

Often the reason we are not stirred, is we have heard the word before and it is not new, so we are bored. 

Likely the speaker failed to deliver the word in an exciting way, or the listener was not paying attention.  Perhaps we failed to zero in and focus on the meat of the Word.

Are we the church on Fire, or simply simmering along.

Now about the seed.  Are you ready to hear or to rearrange your receiving?  The seed was good seed and was randomly scattered.  It is ready to grow.

The Parable Jesus told addressed different types of soil. 
 
The wayside with shallow ground so birds devoured the seed; the ground with stones and no root, and ground with weeds and thorns to choke, and the good ground where those who understand and received the word with gladness.

In Jesus day, many of the hearers were farmers and they understood sowing and reaping.  The stories Jesus told were tools to reveal truth.

Human hearts are unpredictable, and we are the soil.  Often a bit of each type of soil is found in us.  We must arrange our thinking and be receptive.

Then at times we are the sower, and we cast forth the seed.  We can’t predict the soil will produce and there are many reasons.  The season must be right, and the seed must be watered, weeded and cared for.  The final results are left up to God.

To some people the message is offensive, others find it liberating, and encouraging.

The seed is precious and valuable, and as we sow, may we sow deliberately and extravagantly scattering widely and hoping for a result.

God has a different way of sowing.  He sowed to us Jesus so that we might enjoy newness of life and eternal life.

The message may at times be inconvenient when we are told to love our enemies, our neighbors and our families.

Are we really listeners and are we stimulated allowing our hearts to be stirred?

There are limits to sowing.  At times we tire and have no energy.  We select an easier place to sow where it is more comfortable.

The disciples of Jesus argued, and were not too happy when Jesus ministered to outsiders.

How about you?  Let those who have ears to hear receive what the Spirit is saying.  God has a purpose and His plans are accomplished by His Word.

Scatter the seed whether it is convenient or not. 
 
The word must be planted and then God brings the harvest. 
 
 

 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Prophesying a Blessing


May God Bless This Child !
 
The baby Shower for my granddaughter, was a long traveling distance away and I had agreed to drive my daughter and my niece to the destination. 

The day before the shower, we drove part way and arrived at our hotel where reservations had been made. 
 
The next morning after a good nights rest and a leisurely hotel breakfast, we journeyed 50 more miles to the place where the party would take place.

In the back yard, women, young and old gathered in the shade of trees and under large umbrellas while soon, the invitation was given to partake of salads, chips and small sandwiches that were ready and waiting.

My pregnant granddaughter sat across from us chatting with another young lady who was also obviously pregnant.   In my spirit I knew that I must give the unborn child of my granddaughter a blessing. 

My thought was to not be obvious but it seemed impossible.  A third young lady joined the two and she also was pregnant.  The three women were in a small cluster and at once it occurred to me to bless them all.

God had given me the words for my granddaughter, “May this child learn to love Jesus at an early age; and may she mature and become a mighty woman of God.” 

As I viewed the second friend, I knew her child would be full of joy and be used of God.

Quickly I approached the three, and said, “I would like to bless your babies, and when you hear a blessing that is for someone else, you may also claim it for yourself. 
 
Then I touched my granddaughter’s protruding stomach and made my declaration,
 
“May this child learn to love Jesus at an early age; and may she mature and become a mighty woman of God.” 

Then I turned to the second woman and said, “Your child will love Jesus and be used of God and will be a person full of joy.”  For some reason she laughed and seemed to be sharing a secret with God.

At times making a proclamation or a declaration over someone, might seem to be a risk. 

What will people think?  Will I be received?  Is this what God is asking me to do?

Be sure the words are given to you by God and not just made up off the top of your head. 

The Apostle Paul said NOT to despise prophesy and rather to encourage and participate in the divine forecast. 

1 Corinthians_14:1  Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may  prophesy.


 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

SICK AND TIRED

(Names in this story have been changed)
 
Sam was looking so worn out. 

His wife Sally while waiting for hip replacement was being pushed by Sam in her wheel chair.

Weeks went by, the surgery came and went and after what should have been recovery, there she was still in her wheel chair being moved ahead by her husband.

Therapy came and she was instructed to use her walker and exercise those legs.  For what ever reason, she did use the walker for a time, but soon reverted back to her wheel chair.

One day I spoke to Sam, and told him that he was a good care giver.  He huffed and in exasperation said, “I am so tired and I need someone to take care of me.”

A few weeks later Sam was in the hospital and they were trying to find out what was wrong.  The Doctor said they decided to keep him longer for tests and try to help him.

I knew what the problem was - - Sam was sick and tired of pushing that wheel chair and the truth was, Sam just wanted to die. 

Sam finally was released from the hospital, and it was good to see them both again.  Yes, Sally was still in her wheel chair.

I knew it was time for me to give a word of wisdom to Sam, and God had shown me how to be gentle yet firm.

Sam was talking with some others and was not sitting with his wife, so when the opportunity came, I went to him and told him I was very glad to see him out of the hospital. 

Then I said, “Sam I want to remind you of something the Apostle Paul once said?  It was this; I am tired, and I would like to go to heaven, BUT it is important that I stay with you all, for I am needed here.”

Sam looked at me and said, “Thank you.”  I believe he got the message because we need both him and Sally to stay with us for awhile longer.

If you are tired, please pray for strength, because we need you here too!

 

Sunday, July 6, 2014

THE YOKE


 
Pastor Jerry was reading from Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

28Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

When our Pastor ministers at the pulpit, he wears a robe and stole most of the year except in the summer when it is too warm. 
 
He recalled that in June of 1978 at the time of his ordination, hands were laid on his head and a stole was placed around his shoulders. 
 
Why the stole?

In tradition the stole represents the “Yoke of Christ,” and the responsibility of the ministry.

The old time Calvinist ministers protested anything ordinate that would distract from the message.  A Black gown might be worn to signify education, and was to de-emphasize fashion, so the focus would be on the Word of God.

The Pastor noted when reading this passage of Scripture to read the before and the after regarding the yoke.  Jesus promised comfort when coming to Him and rest from heavy burdens.  Yes take the YOKE, but understand His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

The Yoke was a symbol of discipleship to hook up with Jesus and realize we are not alone, and He has also given us Spiritual tools to use.

Pastor gave an example of a man cutting down a tree using a fireman’s axe which has a blunt blade for working with fires.  His neighbor said, “You are using the wrong type of tool.  Here try my axe and it will surprise you how quickly the tree will come down.”

If Jesus were here today, he would use technology but he would continue to tell stories about mustard seed faith, lost sheep, wayward sons, fig trees, and moving mountains.

The yoke used for animals needed two animals for it to become easy.  One would struggle, strain and pull with great difficulty and not accomplish the task.  Two in the yoke, the movement would then flow smooth and life would become easy to endure.

Often we are under stress and even depression with relationships, jobs, health and life in general.  We work harder, multi-task, try to get it done.

To labor calls for the idea of work to exhaustion, being a heavy load of responsibility. 
 
Many try to work out their salvation and earn God’s favor – forgetting that Jesus has offered redemption as a free gift.

Then we realize we cannot reach God’s perfection on our own.   With the Yoke of Christ we can meet God’s standard, as we allow His yoke to be placed upon our shoulders, and his hands of anointing placed upon our head.

Some say, “Come to this idol, come to this god or follow this person."  In contrast to other religions, there is only ONE way to God and that is through Jesus, for He is the only door to heaven.

It is a cooperative effort to yoke up with Jesus.  This is the rest and the refreshing.

The yokes of this world are heavy, but the yoke of Christ is easy.
 
 

Saturday, July 5, 2014

It’s not Your Fault.


 

A recent post “Visiting Hours” by Rick Dawson  told of his father-in-law limping for several days.  Then his dad fell in the bathroom at the swimming pool, and although Rick tried, he was not able to catch him. 

The ER doctor said the limp was because his hip had a fracture that had not been previously noted at the last ER visit and the fall was NOT Rick’s fault. 

Rick's story reminded me of a time not too recent when I too felt guilty thinking I could have done more.

 
My mother smiles down from heaven, and I remember the blame I experienced when I took her to the mall with her walker that had four wheels.

She tired easily, so on the way back to the car I had her sit on the seat that went with the walker and began to push giving her a ride.

I forgot the handles engaged the break, and I must have pressed down, and up she went head over heels, and skinned her forehead good.

I took her to the ER and we sat for several hours.  Finally I decided to take her home and see if our neighbor who is a nurse was home.

Sweet Neighbor Nurse Debbie came over to our place and treated her with ointment, gauze and tape and when she left mother was in smiles.

Have you experienced guilt over something over which you had no control?  Most of us have at one time or another.

If only we could go back and change the past, we would do a lot of things differently than when we first encountered them, but we must live through it again when the memories haunt us.

I am so glad that God sent Jesus to take our punishment and our guilt and pain.  He does not remember those things that we are still sorry for and even yet may feel guilt at times.

As Rick would say, “I am not buying the tickets for a “Guilt Trip.”  I thought that was a good saying to remember.